A man gets behind the wheel of his Toyota Prius, drives to a local Taco Bell and orders lunch it the drive-thru lane.

What's so unusual about that scenario?

Steve Mahan, a California resident, is legally blind. But he navigated the trip without a hitch behind the wheel of Google's self-driving car, which has completed more than 200,000 miles of computer-led driving on American roads.

Google engineers, who posted the above video of the trip on YouTube, said the moment with Mahan was one of their "favorite moments" of the car's creation and testing.

The video and trip was produced in partnership with the Morgan Hill Police Department and Santa Clara Valley Blind Center in San Jose, Calif., according to Google.

"We organized this as a technical experiment, but we think it's also a promising look at what autonomous technology may one day deliver," Google said in a statement posted to the video.

In recent months, California and Nevada have passed legislation that paves the way for autonomous car use on American roads.


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      bdgrizcp
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if they sent it to south Florida? You take your life in your hands just changing lanes on secondary roads here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sttop discrimminaating against the eldeerly! The google toyota prius is a great idea. I was recently badly injured by a YOUNG WOMAN who crashed into me because insstead of waatching the road, she was looking aat her cell phone!! Elderly JV
        • 3 Years Ago
        Emphasis on "woman"
        Mare
        • 3 Years Ago
        The man is blind! This has nothing to do with age.
      CUSACitizen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just want to know where are these cars so that I can stay as far away from them as possible. I like technology just as much as the next person, but it can go past it's practicality. Pretty soon we will become obsolete. Can anyone do a square root without a calculator? And I mean anyone below 50.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CUSACitizen
        Is there any reason to square a root at all? Even with a calculator. I think not. At least in my 57 years I have never needed to.
      Bert Heyder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wholly Cheese Batman, what will they come up with next?
      • 3 Years Ago
      addtionally-i totally agree with him-it takes teh visually imapired WAY longer to complete any task than a sighted person! This would be so helpful!
      ME
      • 3 Years Ago
      Technology makes life miserable sometimes and makes life easy most of the times.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still its probably a lot safer then many of the idiots driving thier own car out there.
      Tommy T
      • 3 Years Ago
      California doesn't have enough traffic problems already? So now they'll let blind people drive? Any way we can get California to suscede from the Union?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tommy T
        Suscede? Really? Try learning how to spell correctly. That's why they have traffic problems, cus people can't even read the road signs, and end up getting in accidents, that cause traffic backups.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great, no more DUI's, let google drive yoy and be the des driver!! This will save lives and cost the states missed income from DUI convictions.
      helzan9464
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHO DO WE CAL FOR MORE INFO ON THIS CAR AND THE POSSIBILITY OF USING IT IN THE NEW YORK METRO AREA????.. CAN SOME ONE LET ME KNOW WHOM SHOULD WE GET IN TOUCH WITH???? THANKS
      • 3 Years Ago
      My granddaughter is 6 yrs old and she has been blind since she was 4 months. She was shaken by a person outside of the family. She has been to China 2 times for stem cell treatment and we truly have seen a bit of improvement. She now is able to detect light, shapes and shadows. Who knows what changes we will see in her vision in the next few months.We,as family and friends, have always said she will be able to do anything she sets her mind to( because so far she has)except drive a car. After seeing this video I am positive she will be even more independent as an adult and will be able to drive a car. I am sure the technology will be even better by the time she is ready
      ocala460
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does this blind guy even have a valid Driver's License? I guess not, considering he's ummm... BLIND. In other words, how can he legally get behind the wheel, even if the car is self-automated? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for new technological wonders - but, life (unfortunately) has it's limits for everyone. Heck, I was personally born with a myriad of health problems myself, and just need to accept the fact that there's certain things in life I can't take part in. Sorry, but blind folks SHOULD NOT be behind the wheel of any car, period. Bottom line, nothing is full proof. I'd rather take my chances driving with a drunk senior citizen who's texting on their cell phone than this Google Car. Still though, it's pretty cool tech... even if it would be SUPER EXPENSIVE.
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